Hi! I would like to know what’s wrong with the following sentences:
A1. My interest is to reduce the threat of a nuclear war.
A2. My interest is to play basketball.
A3. My interest is playing basketball.
A4. My interest is basketball.
A5. My interest is the basketball.
A6. My interest is playing piano.
A7. My interest is playing the piano.
B1. I am interested in reducing the threat of a nuclear war.
B2. I am interested in playing basketball.
B3. My interest is in playing basketball.
B4. I am interested in basketball.
B5. I am interested in the basketball.
B6. I am interested in basketball games.
B7. I am interested in the basketball game.
C1. My hobby is to reduce the threat of a nuclear war.
C2. My hobby is to play basketball.
C3. My hobby is playng basketball.
C4. My hobby is basketball.
It really is unncessarily confusing, but even as I type, more confusions come to mind. Thanks in advance!
At first I thought that A2 is incorrect, but when I juxtapose it with A1, I am no longer sure. A1 must be correct because it is quoted from a native speaker of American English.
If “to do somthing” means that something has yet to be done, then does A2 mean that I wanted to play basketball but has been unable to do so? Does that mean that A2 is still correct but doesn’t mean what I want to mean?
If that is the case, does it mean that B1 is not the same as A1 in meaning?